Adam Johnson's girlfriend ran onto the ice and prayed for the stricken hockey star following his fatal accident, according to reports.
The Nottingham Panthers forward, 29, suffered a freak injury during their clash with the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday (October 28) evening, with an opponent's skate slashing his neck. He tried to make it to the sidelines but collapsed with blood pouring from the gash.
His team-mates formed a protective barrier around him while emergency treatment was administered and fans were ordered to leave. The Sun claim as that was happening, Johnson's partner rushed from the stands to be closer to him and pray for him.
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He was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital but his tragic death was confirmed by the Panthers on social media on Sunday morning.
Tributes have since flooded in for American Johnson, who forged his career in his home country and also had spells in Sweden and Germany before moving to Nottingham in August.
His mum Kari heartbreakingly wrote on Facebook: "I lost half of my heart today. Love you always." Meanwhile, fans have flocked to both the Utilita Arena – the scene of the incident – and the Motorpoint Arena – Johnson's home stadium – to pay their respects.
Flowers have been laid outside both in emotional scenes. There was a minute's silence held before today's Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.
Announcing his passing, the Panthers statement read: “The Nottingham Panthers are truly devastated to announce that Adam Johnson has tragically passed away following a freak accident at the game in Sheffield last night. The Panthers would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Adam’s family, his partner, and all his friends at this extremely difficult time.
“Everyone at the club including players, staff, management, and ownership are heartbroken at the news of Adam’s passing. Our thoughts are also with the fans and staff of both clubs, especially those who attended or were following the game, who will be devastated following today’s news.
“The Panthers would like to thank everyone who rushed to support Adam last night in the most testing of circumstances. Adam, our number 47, was not only an outstanding ice hockey player, but also a great team-mate and an incredible person with his whole life ahead of him. The club will dearly miss him and will never forget him.
“We ask that the privacy of Adam’s family and friends, and everyone at the club is respected at this difficult time as we all seek to come to terms with our grief. Rest in peace Adam.”
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